Western US landscapes
Flickr user mark_v_socal posted this series of shots of the western United States, taken on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. The first image comes from Arizona's Yavapai County. In the lower left is the canyon formed by the Verde River, while to the upper right rise the cliffs forming the western portion of the Mogollon Rim.
A few miles further east, also in the Hopi Buttes volcanic field, the next image shows Highway 77 running diagonally through the frame, passing between Tesihim Butte and Deshgish Butte near the center of the frame.
The next image takes us 60 miles further east, just across the New Mexico border, in McKinley County. The state line runs diagonally through the center of this photo, with New Mexico in the foreground and to the right, and Arizona in the background and to the left. The Black Creek Valley runs through the center of the photo; the town of Tse Bonito, Nevada, lies near the center of the frame, where the road crosses through the gap in the mountain ridge. Just across the border in Arizona, the town of Window Rock lies in the valley just above and to the left of center.
300 miles further east, in northeastern New Mexico's Union County, we have this dramatic image of the Capulin Volcano, the only "drive-in" volcano in the United States. A road spirals around the volcano and takes visitors to the rim of the volcano, where they can hike down into the 400-foot deep central crater.
With the next image, we travel another 180 miles east, leaving behind the rugged landscapes of the American west, and bringing us to this view of Seward County in the southwest corner of Kansas. This image looks north across extensive agricultural development, just north of the town of Kismet. The many circular fields in this photo are a characteristic pattern that results from the use of center-pivot irrigation. The smaller circular fields are a half-mile across; the larger ones measure one mile in diameter.
The final image is about 190 miles further east, showing the city of Newton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Interstate 135 runs through the lower left and upper left of the image; U.S. Route 50 enters the town from the upper right.
Photos taken: January 11, 2008
Photos by: mark_v_socal
Route: Los Angeles to New York